Almost a month ago, before things got super busy, and before I started memorizing the book of John, I started this post on the encouragement found in 2 Samuel 22:36b
The NASB just says, “Your help makes me great,” which is already an inspiring thought!
A few other translations say, “You stoop down to make me great.”
And still other translations say that God’s gentleness or humility or lowliness makes me great.
The amazing thing is that no matter how insignificant I may feel or seem or be, with God’s help I can do great things! Indeed when I’m weak I am strong because of him!
I love that mental image of our God, who is bigger than the sky, stooping down to help us face whatever challenge we may be facing. I picture Him like a huge Jesus in white robes, bigger than the tallest sky scraper, touching the clouds, stooping down in humility and gentleness to rescue me and heal my wounds, to give my booboos a Jesus kiss.
Our God’s love is sweet! Isn’t He wonderful?
Our great God, who is bigger and stronger than anyone in the world, is also more loving, caring, and nurturing than anyone else in the world.
I think this verse would be a good one to learn for ourselves and also to teach to our children, that stooping down to help the weak and being compassionate to the hurting is something God desires for all of His children to do, for we are to follow the example of God who is holy and models how we should act. (1 Peter 1:15 and 2:21b)
Also, not only does he stoop down to make me great when I have daily trials, He came down to make me great, to lift me up out of the mire and muck of sins where I was enslaved and hurting from its effects. Jesus knew ahead of time that I would need to be rescued. So He stooped/came down from heaven, born of a virgin, the very Son of God, who lived and died for my sins that I might have a place in heaven with Him!
Folks, lets ask God to help us be more like Jesus the Gentle, the Humble Servant, the One who stoops down to make us great!
“Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.” Philippians 2:5-7 (NASB)
If He tells us to do it, He will be sure to help us do it; so let’s ask for His help!
“You call Me Teacher and Lord, and truly, that is who I am. So if your Lord and Teacher washes your feet, then you should wash one another’s feet. I am your example; keep doing what I do. I tell you the truth: a servant is not greater than the master. Those who are sent are not greater than the one who sends them. If you know these things, and if you put them into practice, you will find happiness.” John 13:13-17 VOICE
Looking for happiness? Give this a try!